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Owens, John Byron
Born 1971 in Washington, DC

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Nominated by Barack Obama on January 6, 2014, to a seat vacated by Stephen S. Trott. Confirmed by the Senate on March 31, 2014, and received commission on April 2, 2014.

University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1993
Stanford Law School, J.D., 1996

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. J. Clifford Wallace, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1996-1997
Law clerk, Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court of the United States, 1997-1998
Trial attorney, Office of Consumer Litigation, U.S. Department of Justice, 1998-1999
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 2000-2001
Assistant U.S. attorney, Central District of California, 2001-2004
Assistant U.S. attorney, Southern District of California, 2004-2012; deputy chief, Major Frauds Section, 2008-2010; chief, Criminal Division, 2010-2011
Private practice, Los Angeles, California, 2012-2014

Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, August 1, 2013; no Senate vote


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